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MRC Centres

The Medical Research Council (MRC)

is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. It supports research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities, hospitals, units and institutes in the UK and in Africa.

There are currently six MRC Centres based (or jointly based) at King’s. Learn more about our six MRC centres and their areas of specialisation.

MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health 

globeThe MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health will investigate the damage that our modern living and working environment could be doing to our health.




MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma

stet1The MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma is an exciting partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Asthma UK, who have come together to create a world-class centre of excellence for allergy and asthma research.



MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

purpleThe aim of the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology is to understand, at the molecular and cellular level, the basis of the development of the nervous system and through this to understand the mechanisms that promote and limit regenerative processes.



MRC Centre for Neurodegenerative Research

MotorNeuronCMS1The MRC Centre for Neurodegenerative Research brings together scientists investigating the causative mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer's disease and motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in the laboratory with clinical colleagues investigating patients and conducting clinical trials. This combined laboratory and clinical approach is aimed at identifying new therapeutic targets to which drugs can be developed so as to find better treatments as well as to develop laboratory-based diagnostic methods.


MRC Social, Genetic and Development Psychiatry Centre 

brainThe MRC Social, Genetic and Development Psychiatry Centre was launched in 1994 as a partnership between the MRC (Medical Research Council) and the IoP, the Centre is a unique multi-disciplinary institution that studies social epidemiology, child and adult psychiatry, developmental psychopathology, development in the family, personality traits, cognitive abilities, statistical genetics, and molecular genetics. This unparalleled approach has inspired and nurtured collaborative research between the different departments within the Institute of Psychiatry and demonstrated its impressive multifaceted expertise.


MRC Centre for Transplantation 

xrayThe MRC Centre for Transplantation  combines expertise in basic immunology and transplantation biology at King's with the large number of transplant patients looked after by the partner NHS Trusts of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Centre unites researchers in genetics, imaging sciences and stem cell biology and utilizes the strength of the College's Centre for Medical Law and Ethics to build a vision of health, education and research translation.

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